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I returned from Albemarle on saturday & had the pleasure to receive your favor of the 28. ulto. on Monday last. I perceive that the idea which I suggested of a new and decisive effort, to avert the dangers interior & exterior of the present crisis, by a special mission to France & England, has not obtained your approbation. As the idea was suggested without illustration you will permit me to...
An idea has occurr’d to me which I will take the liberty to submit to your consideration. I have thought that you might command my services before you retire from office, in a mode which might prove advantageous to our country & equally honorable to you & myself. Our affairs are evidently at a pause, and the next step to be taken without an unexpected change, unless some expedient consistent...
I omitted in my last letter to state to you that in the publication of our late correspondence, some few verbal alterations had been made in my letter of March 22d. & a short passage omitted. In speaking of special missions it stands in the publication that they were never well received &c. I think I substituted to those terms the word “agreable” in the letter; and towards the conclusion the...
Our correspondence will be printed today in a pamphlet, a copy of which shall be sent to you by the mail if it is completed in time. I have omitted in the publication every passage which had been noted by you, and added to the list of omissions, one passage, in your letter of April 11th. which speaks of the use made of my name for vindictive purposes, the publication of which could only serve...
Immediately after you left Albemarle, I was forc’d to go to Loudoun to make some arrangements in the estate with which I am charged there, & having returned by the same route, I did not reach this place till yesterday late at night. I had not therefore the pleasure to receive your kind favors of the 12th. & 13. till to day. The papers noted in your letters to me shall most certainly be omitted...
I have just returned from Richmond & send the inclosed for yr. inspection in the hope that you may not have set-out to day for Washington, knowing that you have heretofore frequently staid a day longer than that which you had appointed for your departure to arrange more completely your private affairs. I take the liberty to submit to your perusal a copy of my letters to Mr. Randolph, being the...
I arrived here on Saturday evening from Kentuckey & shall proceed to Richmond as soon as I recover from the fatigue of the late journey. The object of this is to request your sanction to the publication of our late correspondence on certain important publick topicks. It is interesting & will I doubt not be satisfactory to the publick and to many friends to be made acquainted with that...
On information of the death of John Page which gained general belief here, I wrote you a letter two days since, which had relation to an object connected with that event. The present accounts contradict that report & as I hope & believe on good ground. I hasten therefore to correct the error into which I had been led.   You are I presume by this time return’d to Washington. I hope that you...
I had the pleasure to receive some days past your favor of the 11th. & that of the 13. to day. Being perfectly satisfied by the explanations & assurances which you had given me in your preceding letters that I had taken an improper idea of yr. disposition towards me, the details contained in your last one were not necessary in that view. I receive them however with great interest, because in...
My expenses abroad having exceeded unavoidable the compensation allowed me in the station I held & the mismanagement of my estate in my absence, make it an object to me to command on loan the sum of about 10,000 dolrs. I should therefore be happy to receive the accomodation from the bank provided it would be willing to make it, on su ch terms as I could accept, or indeed comply with. To enable...
I have recd. yours of March 30th. with a list of the documents lately submitted to Congress, and the papers sent you from this place. I return to you those latter papers, on a presumption that you have not copies, of them, or rather the originals; if you have they can be of no use to you, & in that case I will thank you to send them back, or that you will send me copies at your leisure. My...
I omitted to state in my letter of Saturday last that the copy which I then sent you of a proposition, which Mr Pinkney & I presented to the British comrs. relative to impressment which was mentioned in our letter to you of Novr. 11th. 1806. and which, as I believe, we afterwards renewed to Mr. Canning, was a copy only of the amendment which we offered to your original project: you will I...
I had the pleasure to receive yesterday your favor of the 21. instant. I have examined since, all my papers & cannot find a copy of the project of the article relative to impressment which Mr. Pinkney & I presented to Mr. Canning after the rect. of your insructions by Mr Purviance for the correctness of which I can vouch. I presume it was the same in effect, with that which we presented to the...
I had the pleasure to receive your favor of the 11th. instant the day after I returned from Albemarle. It is very distressing to me to discuss with you the topicks on which it treats, but in the state in which things are it is certainly best to come to a perfect understanding on every point & to repair on both sides any injury which may have been received. To do you an injury or indeed any one...
I have the pleasure to enclose you my letter on the subject of the treaty, in conformity with what passed between us when I was at Washington. I have had many other objects to attend to or I should have sent it to you much sooner. I have to repeat what I mentioned to you at Washington, that if there should be any remark in it which in the slightest degree departed from the friendship & respect...
These considerations induc’d us to sign the treaty & submit it to the wisdom of our government, after obtaining the best conditions that it was possible to obtain. We were aware that in several points it fell short of the just claims of our country. But we were persuaded that such an arrangement was made of the whole subject as justified us in the part which we took. In the rejection or...
It appears by your letter of May 20th: 1807, which was forwarded by Mr. Purviance to Mr. Pinkney & myself at London, & received on the 16: July, that you had Construed several Articles of the treaty which we had Signed with the British Commissioners, on the 31st. of December, 1806, in a different sense from that in which they were conceived by us. As the Course we were instructed to pursue by...
My great anxiety to forward to you the account and receit for the sum which I paid for your mathematical instruments at London, when I should acknowledge your kind letter of the 18th, prevented my answering it sooner. To obtain them I was forced to ransack all my papers, which required much time, & in truth I did not succeed in finding them till this morning. I have now the pleasure to inclose...
You promised to send me the documents which I left in your hands when at Washington as soon as copies were made of them, or Mr. Rose delivered to you the originals. As it will be necessary for me to recur to those documents in the letter wh. I intimated to you it was my duty to write you on the subject of the treaty lately signed by Mr. Pinkney & myself, with the British commissrs., and it is...
I ought to have answer’d sooner your favor of the 5th., but I have been so unsettled since my return, and so much interrupted that I have equally neglected my friends & my private affairs. I have recd. the note for 300. dolrs. wh. I did not wish you to have sent, being altogether ignorant of the claim wh. I have to any sum beyond what I had before recd. This however will be adjusted between us...
I arrived here to day, with my family in the American ship the Augustus in 28: days from Portsmouth. It is my intention to set out for Richmond without delay, & leaving my family there, to proceed thence to Washington, for the purpose of giving you all the information in my power respecting our affairs with the British government. We are much exhausted by fatigue & sickness on the voyage, &...
We have the pleasure to inform you that we concluded a treaty of amity navigation and commerce with the British government on the 31st. ult, and that Mr Purviance sailed with the treaty for the United States on the 11 instant. The interval has been laboriously employed in performing certain duties incident to that event, & especially in preparing our dispatch to our government. We seize the...
I have the honor to send you a copy of a correspondence with Mr Canning touching a difficulty wh. he supposed Mr Rose might experience in entering the bay of Chessapeake, in consequence of the proclamation of the President. In the interview invited by his last note I expressed my surprise that any doubt shod. exist on the subject of it, and assured him that Mr. Pinkney & myself would be...
We have the Honor to transmit inclosed a Duplicate of our joint Letter to you by Dr. Bullus, together with a Copy of the project of alterations to which it refers and which could not be prepared in Time to be sent with the original. We also enclose a printed Copy of the act of Parliament relative to an Intercourse by Sea between the United States & the British North American Colonies, of which...
I have the honor to transmit to you by Doctr. Bullus a copy of my correspondence with Mr Canning on the subject which was committed to my care by your letter of the 6th. July last. You will find by it that the pressure which has been made on this Government, in obedience to the instructions contained in that letter, has terminated in a decision to send a Minister to the U States, to adjust the...
We avail ourselves of the opportunity afforded by the return of the schooner Revenge to give you a brief account of the transactions of the joint mission from the time of Mr. Purviance’s arrival in England until the receipt of intelligence here of the late outrage in the American seas upon the sovereignty of our country. Your letter of the day of May was delivered to us on the day of July and...
I hasten to inform you that this govt. has decided to send a minister to the UStates, to arrange with our govt. the reparation wh. is due for the attack on the Chesapeake. The policy of this measure in all its aspects I shall communicate to you without any avoidable delay. It may have more objects than the ostensible one, & therefore it shod. be recd. with caution. My communications with Mr...
I had the honor to receive your letter of July 6th. by Doctor Bullus on the 31. ulto. & did not lose a moment in entering on the business committed to me by it, in the manner which seemed most likely to obtain success. The details shall be communicated to you in my next dispatch. All that I can state at present is, that the whole subject has been plac’d fully before this government in as...
I had the honor to transmit you with my letter of the 4. inst. a copy of a correspondence with Mr. Canning relative to the late aggression in the case of the Chesapeak frigate. You will receive with this a copy of a more recent one on the same Subject. By Mr. Canning’s queries in his last note I was led to consider it as preparatory to an embargo on American vessels. I could not conceive why...
I avail myself of the opportunity afforded by Mr. Biddle to communicate to you a copy of a correspondence, and the substance of a conference, between Mr. Canning and myself relative to the late aggression on the peace and sovereignty of the U. States, by the British Ship Leopard in an attack on the Chesapeak frigate off the Capes of Virginia. Mr. Canning’s private letter of July 25. which gave...
Mr. Biddle takes charge of a dispatch for you from me, on the subject principally of the affr. of the Chessapeake frigate. As it is possible that he may go to Washington I take liberty to mention that he has been here some months, & while Mr. Purviance was absent very much with me. He has much information of our affairs, and of those of this country with Europe generally, & can therefore be...
We had the honor to receive your letter of May 20th. by Mr. Purviance on the 16th. instant. The view it takes of the treaty which we signed with the British Comrs. on the 31. of Decr. last, of which he was the bearer, engages our constant attention, and it shall be the object of our most zealous exertions to obtain the amendments which are contemplated by our present instructions. The moment...
We had the honor to receive on the 27th. of last month your letter of the 18th. of March, to which the detailed explanations contained in our letters of the 22d. & 25th. ulto. render any particular reply unnecessary. We transmit enclosed a statement of the American prize causes for hearing in the high court of Appeals. That which was forwarded by Mr. Purviance was very hastily prepared by...
We had the honor to inform you in our letter of the 22d. instant that, the British Commissioners having proposed to us to endeavour to ajust the terms of a supplemental convention relative to boundary, to a trade by sea between the United States and the British northern colonies, and to the subjects reserved for future explanation by the 2d. article of our treaty, we had resumed our...
We had the honor to receive your letter of February 3d. on the 6th. instant, and are now to give you a detail of the measures we have pursued in obedience to the instructions it communicated. To enable you to form a just idea of those measures it will be proper to state concisely what had occurred at the time of receiving your letter, after the departure of Mr. Purviance, with the treaty and...
The trial of Captain Whitby took place on the 17th. inst. at Portsmouth, before a Court Martial, by which he was acquitted. As I have not heard from Mr. Canning since the decision, and no statement is given in the gazettes, of the proceedings of the court, it is not in my power to inform you, on what ground he was acquitted. I shall endeavor to obtain correct information on that point, which I...
I hasten to transmit you a copy of the note which I lately wrote to Lord Howick, to request a postponement of the trial of Capn. Whitby, and of his reply to it; by which you will find, that the trial is postponed to the first of May. At present, I am too much indisposed to make any remarks on the subject; though indeed, I do not know that it would be in my power, to add any thing material to...
I have just received your letter of the 13th. of January, relative to the trial of Captain Whitby, of which you desire me to obtain a postponement if possible. I shall accordingly address a note to Lord Howick on the subject, as soon as I can prepare it. The note shall be sent to him tomorrow or next day, and I shall not fail to give it all the aid I can in personal conference. I hope the...
We have the Honor to transmit enclosed a Duplicate of our letter of the 3d. Instant, in which several Errors of some importance which found their way into the first hasty copy of our draft, are corrected. Some of these errors were mentioned in our letter of the Instant, of which also a copy is enclosed. The others, of which the most material occurs in the explanations on the subject of Export...
We do ourselves the honor to enclose you a copy of the treaty which we lately concluded with the British commissioners. The original was forwarded yesterday by Mr Purviance who sailed in the enterprise from this port for New York. We send this copy to Mr Maury to be forwarded to you by the first safe opportunity from Liverpool. We have requested him to instruct the Captain of the vessel to...
I must request that you will be so good as to forward the enclosed to Mr Divers. As it relates to an object of some importance to me I am very desirous that it reach him soon. On publick topicks I have nothing to add to our joint communication. We have had many difficulties to encounter with this govt., & I hope that such will never occur again in our relations with it. If a favorable...
I have had the pleasure to receive yours of Octr. 26. and shall not fail to bring with me the articles mentioned in it from Jones the Instrument maker in Holborn. I am much indebted to you that the sum they will cost on an old account so that that matter will rest of course for the present.   I am very thankful to you for the information given me respecting the state of my affrs. in Albemarle....
Mr. Purviance to whom we commit the treaty which we have lately concluded with the British government will have the pleasure to deliver you this with our publick dispatch. He acted as Secretary to the commission in the late negotiation, the duties of which office, which were laborious, he discharged in every respect intirely to our satisfaction. We had equal proof in the course of this...
We have the honor to transmit you a Treaty which we concluded with the British Commissioners on the 31st. of December. Altho’ we had entertained great confidence from the commencement of the negotiation, that such would be it’s result, it was not untill the 27th. that we were able to make any satisfactory arrangement of several of the most important points that were involved in it. On the next...
We have the pleasure to acquaint you that we have this day agreed with the British Commissioners to Conclude a Treaty on all the points which have formed the object of our negotiation, and on terms which we trust our government will approve. It will require only a few days to reduce it to form. When that is done we shall transmit it to you by a special messenger. We hasten to communicate to...
We flattered ourselves at the date of our last dispatch which was of September the 11th., that we should have been able to have concluded a Treaty with the British Commissioners and to have transmitted it to you before this, on all the interesting topicks which are embraced by our instructions, and on terms that would be approved by our government. The disposition which had been shewn by the...
I hasten to send you a communication which I have received from Lord Howick since the date of my last letter by which you will find that the trial of Captain Whitby is postponed to some day between the 15 & 20. of March next. I am, Sir, with great respect & esteem, Your most obedient Servant DNA : RG 59--DD-Diplomatic Despatches, Great Britain.
I have the pleasure to transmit you a copy of some communications which have lately taken place between this government and myself relative to the trial of Captain Whitby, which you will find is postponed till the first of March next to afford an opportunity for the witnesses to attend on the part of the United States. The time allowed is I fear rather short for the o bject, especially if the...
I have the pleasure to send you a copy of my note to Mr. Fox and of his answer respecting the misconduct of Captain Whitby at the port of New York in April last. You will find by it that that officer was removed from the command of the Leander by an order from the Admiralty of the 22d. of June, and that he is to be brought home to be tried by a Court Martial on that charge. I have lately...
{ NB. The original sent by the British packet to Halifax. Sent to Sr. F. Vincent the 13th. of Sept. Packet sailed the 23d. Duplicate sent by the Eaton to Boston. Sailed from Deal the 23d. Our first meeting with Ld. Holland & Ld. Auckland took place in Downing Street on the 22d. of August. After the usual Exchange of powers we stated at their Request the Objects of our Mission & the general...